So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. (Romans 12:5)
The lead story in this issue tells of a partnership of local families, Guatemalan Mennonites and MCC, responding to a devastating mudslide more than 10 years ago.
Today, community-run organization ANADESA, which grew out of this partnership, provides education opportunities for children.
Seeing each other as part of the body of Christ, “we find that everybody can make a contribution to that mission that we are called for — to serve in the name of Christ,” says Lizette Miranda, an MCC area director for Central America and Haiti.
Last year, MCC’s work in 54 countries in relief, development and peacebuilding involved 528 partners in 761 projects. MCC, the church and our partners are accountable to each other, learn from each other and together build our ability to do good work.
In this issue, there is evidence of other partnerships — at home and around the world. A teacher in a Brethren in Christ school in Zimbabwe talks about how partnering with MCC has “brought hope to the community.”
You are part of this partnership as well — so many people here in the U.S. sharing gifts of time and money to respond to basic human needs and work for peace and justice.
We are one body. Members of one another. Partnering together for the cause of the Gospel. God be praised.
J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director